The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
(From John Hislop, Esq., Inspector of schools.) Education Office, Dunedin, July 12th, 1869
July 12th, 1869.
Mr. Wm, B. Mackay has filled the office of Head Master of the Anderson's Bay Main District School since the year 1863, and he has uniformly proved himself to be an able, faithful, and successful teacher of youth, He has by his upright and consistent conduct, and by his official ability and zeal, secured the confidence and respect of the parents of his pupils, and of the settlers generally amongst whom he has laboured. I have always had good cause to be satisfied with the state of his school, and the progress of his pupils.
Although Mr. Mackay has not laid much opportunity at Anderson's Bay of exhibiting his ability as a teacher of the higher branches of education, yet it is due to hint to state that the Rev. Mr. Simmons, in his report for 1867; mentions that pupils front the Anderson's Bay School had "especially distinguished themselves" after entering the High School, and that he attributes this to "the care and intelligence of their preliminary training."page 11
Mr. Mackay's testimonials amply prove that he possesses a competent knowledge of the Classics and Mathematics, as well as other branches of education.
(Signed) John Hisplop,Inspector of Schools.